11 Creative Compound Exercises to Try

This article originally appeared on Greatist.com

Hang around a gym long enough, and you'll probably hear talk of compound versus isolation moves. It's pretty self-explanatory: Compound exercises recruit multiple muscle groups (squats, for example, recruit your glutes, hamstrings, quads, and even your core for stability). On the other hand, isolation movements zero in on just one muscle (like the leg extension machine).

Both forms of exercise have merit, depending on your individual goals. But frankly, we like compound moves because they work more muscles in less time. (And who isn't time-crunched these days?) These 11 moves will not only slash your workout time, but they'll also challenge your upper body, lower body, and core in totally creative ways so you'll never get bored.

For some of the moves, you'll need a medium-weight kettlebell or dumbbell.

Photos and exercises provided by Brynn Putnam, certified trainer and founder of Refine Method

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